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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Anatomy & Neurobiology

First Advisor

Jeffrey Dupree


This thesis contains the findings from four years of research regarding an oligodendrocyte protein named neurofascin 155. The role of this protein in maintaining adhesion between the myelin sheath of oligodendrocytes and the axons of neurons has become well established in recent years and the research presented here has revealed that while western blots have previously shown one protein/band representing neurofascin 155, there are two proteins/bands. These two proteins have been named neurofascin 155 high and neurofascin 155 low due to their previous inclusion in the single band. The work leading up to their discovery, findings, and the relevance of these two proteins will be discussed in animal models with disrupted myelin:axon adhesion and in the human disease multiple sclerosis.


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Date of Submission

September 2009